Antigonish, NS – Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS) put his name in the history books by winning the series’ 250th race – the East Coast International 150 at Riverside International Speedway. Butcher now has a hat-trick of victories on the 2023 season. Current points leader Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay, NS) hunted Butcher through the final turn, but had to settle for second. Mike Rodgers (Moncton, NB) was gunning for his first career win and picked up the R&D Performancentre Most Laps Led award, but some late cautions ultimately left him in third. Russell Smith Jr. (Lakeside, NS) also came close to his first series win and battled Rodgers at the head of the pack for most of the race. Donald Chisholm (Antigonish, NS) kept himself in the mix and completed the top-five.
Rodgers and Butcher won their Atlantic Tiltload heat races, which set the field for the East Coast International 150. Smith Jr. won the Kenny U Pull Hard Charger Award. Matt Vaughan was the Fast Eddie Racewear Lucky Dog. Jordan Veinotte (Porter’s Lake, NS) was the rookie of the race.
Prior to racing action, nine drivers with over 100 starts in the series were awarded with the very first Legacy Awards – a recently launched program that will recognize drivers when they reach milestone achievements on the track.
The Cross Roads Maritime League of Legends competed in a 50-lap feature prior to the main event. Colton Noble (Nine Mile River, NS) was first under the checkers, followed by Chase MacKay (Dartmouth, NS) and Tanton Woolridge (Summerside, PE).
The Hot Rod Classics Series put on a great show for 25 laps, which saw Stacey Clements victorious, followed by the Lawrence brothers, with Peter just edging out Patrick for the final podium spots.
The East Coast International Pro Stock Tour will be out of action the next couple of weeks, as drivers and crews prepare for the last two events of the season and the final push to grab valuable championship points. The Tour returns to Riverside International Speedway for the Modern Pumps & Metals 150 on Saturday, September 9. Stay tuned to www.maritimeprostocktour.com for all the latest news or follow us on Twitter/X, Facebook or Instagram @prostocktour.
Inaugural Recipients of Maritime Pro Stock Tour Legacy Award – 100+ starts in the series:
200+ starts: Kent Vincent (Crapaud, PE)
150+ starts: Greg Proude (Springvale, PE), Donald Chisholm (Antigonish), Shawn Pierce (Bridgewater), Shawn Turple (Enfield), Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay), John Flemming (Halifax), Shawn Tucker (Fredericton, NB), and Darren MacKinnon (Charlottetown, PE).
100+ starts: Jonathan Hicken (New Glasgow), Chris Hughes (Brackley Beach, PE), Wayne Smith (Moncton, NB), George Koszkulics (New Glasgow), Mike MacKenzie (Dartmouth), Daryl Mahar (Hubley, NS), and Terry Dougay (Albany, PE).
Nine drivers were present to accept their awards at Riverside International Speedway.
About the East Coast International Pro Stock Tour:
The East Coast International Pro Stock Tour (PST) is considered the highest level of stock car racing in Canada. The Tour is recognized in the industry as one of the healthiest stock car racing series in North America. PST visits four tracks throughout the Maritimes during its May through September season. The East Coast International Pro Stock Tour is owned and operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited. For more information, call our administration office at 902.481.2531 or click www.maritimeprostocktour.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/prostocktour and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prostocktour
- By Tara Foster